This post contains affiliate links. A big box arrived on my doorstep from Penguin Random House publishers. I knew I’d requested a book for review. Maybe a few of them? Hubs looked on as I opened it. We were amazed, and more than a bit disappointed, to find a just one book and a lot of bubble wrap inside. Granted, A World of Information is a large book, nearly 15 inches tall!, but still.
Hubs is an information junkie and trivia buff. His interest was piqued, but I grabbed the book up. “It’s for kids,” I insisted. But it was clear he really wanted to look it over. I sense this is a book that many adults, especially dads and grandpas (sorry, but in my family, at least, that’s how this would go), will be eager to share with their kids (hopefully, of any gender).
A World of Information is full of “fascinating facts for curious minds.” It might not fit on your bookshelf, but it’s so chock full of information that your kids might spend a lot of time looking over its pages rather than shelving it. Monotone graphics give the book a clean, calm, retro feel, as opposed to National Geographic books which feature many bold competing colors, words, and images, and can be a bit overstimulating IMO.
The book tackles 30 topics, each with a dedicated two-page spread. Expected subjects include the human skeleton, atomic structure, and music notation. More obscurely, the book also features sections on morse code and semaphore, screws and nails, and standards in paper sizing. Yes, you read that correctly.
Since I already mentioned Hubs, I’ll also note that there’s a section on neap tides and spring tides. I first learned about neap tides from him, but I totally thought he was making the term up. I mean, neap tide? Doesn’t that sound like something term a Muppet would use? By the way, it’s when there’s a 1/4 or 3/4 moon and the also smallest difference between high and low tides due to the relative placement of the moon and sun around the Earth.
If someone in your family likes facts and factoids served up without a lot of fuss, this is the book!
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